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ERIC Number: ED123153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 23
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The War with the Tutors: Student-Faculty Conflict at Harvard and Yale, 1745-1771.
Moore, Kathryn McDaniel
This study hypothesizes that social demographic distinctions figured importantly in the interactions of students and tutors. Answers are sought to these three questions: (1) Who were the college tutors? (2) Who were the students most often in conflict with tutors? (3) Based on questions one and two, are there any significant differences in the characteristics of both groups that tend to confirm or deny Henry Adams' conclusion that social distinctions were the root cause of student discontent? The study is based on an analysis of the published biographical data of the graduates of Harvard and Yale colleges, faculty records, student diaries, and other materials available for the years 1745-1771. The analysis on the pattern and system of the educational enterprise at the two schools during the years in question indicates that family background counted for much more than other "credentials"; each college held and attempted to impart a distinct sense of mission to all members of its community; and the colleges were perceived as necessary by some and useful by others, although they had not yet assumed their role as significantly important institutions for status or career attainment. These findings lead to the conclusion that the widespread confrontations at both institutions were essentially disputes over "manner" and that the confrontations were strongly linked to basic differences of social status between students and their tutors. Tables are included. (Author/DB)
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